USMNT coach Bruce Arena quits after failing to qualify for 2018 World Cup
Arena's second stint ends in disaster
Bruce Arena is out as head coach of the U.S. men's national team, U.S. Soccer announced in a press release on Friday morning.
Arena leaves the post following the team's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. The USMNT lost on Tuesday at Trinidad and Tobago and finished a disastrous fifth in the hexagonal, with USA missing out on its first World Cup since 1986.
Arena released the following statement:
Arena took over for Jurgen Klinsmann late last year and helped right the ship for the most part to get the team's World Cup qualifying campaign back on track with impressive results, including a 1-1 draw at Mexico and important wins against Honduras, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago at home. But losses at home to Costa Rica and ultimately at Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday did the team in.
Arena's 66.55 winning percentage is the best all-time in U.S. Soccer for a manager that has coached more five matches. Arena coached 148 of them, leading the U.S. to the World Cup quarterfinals in 2002 during his first stint as USMNT boss.
Now U.S. Soccer turns its focus on.
The match comes just days before a scheduled match with Italy
The two big matches are set for Wednesday
Los Blancos can inch closer to second place with a win
The Red Devils hold a one-point lead in second place
Toronto is no longer the favorite to win the cup
Spurs are on the verge of cementing a spot in the top four